Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson

20:39, Jul 22 2014
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2001: An 11-year-old Emma Watson fell victim to the same fashion crimes as many in the early noughties (including me - testify!): shoes of conehead proportions, itchy chokers and materials that look like their spirit objects are tissue box holders and cheap bed throws in motels (are those things ever laundered? #cooties).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2002: A tween Emma Watson was obviously a fan of All Saints and Destiny's Child, as this embroidered rose on army camo is very Shaznay. But then, who wasn't a fan of those lyrical genii back in 2002? Pure Shores is a total classic, and don't even get me started on Bootylicious ('I don't think you're ready'). As a side note, glad to see Watson was a pioneer of the power brow and didn't give into early pressure to over-pluck (leading to a chav-tastic upside-down-Nike-tick eyebrow).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2003: I think this was the year that I refused to wear anything other than my Custo Barcelona mesh religious iconography top (paired with my high-vis Doosh pants, of course). Emma's look here is giving me major flashbacks (and those boots! Were all shoes in the early 2000s designed specifically to make small women look like they possessed feet the size of Dolph Lundgren's?).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2004: Over-liberal use of tulle, floral corsages, pashminas and nude tights - ah, 2004, the year the Mother-Of-The-Bride was the number one style lead for all of us.
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2005: Emma Watson purged her system of every woman's required boho chic phase at 15, looking like a Monsoon window display on every red carpet appearance: presumably her personal purchases of tarot cards, incense and crystals shot through the roof in this year too (we've all been there sister. It's a feminine rite of passage).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2006: Experimenting with a fringe (the first one's the toughest), with fashion inspired by Hannah Montana - a 16-year-old Emma's fashion stayed youthful and not the least bit fashion-forward or experimental.
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2007: And then, poof, she started to take fashion risks, experimenting with edgier fabrics and bolder statements. The white dress to the left is a sign of the times ahead (the clean, minimalist style that Watson's now nailed), while the Chanel Couture look to the right looks like an Ostrich that's been tagged with gold spray paint (hey, risks don't always pay off).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2008: At 18, Emma's red carpet style fluctuated as she continued to figure out her fashion brand: sleek and moving in the right direction to the left; not quite right for her in Alexander McQueen in the middle and Kardashian Kollection to the right (even though she's actually wearing a dress by Brit label Burberry).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2009: While she's always been a bit murky about when exactly she started being dressed by a professional stylist, Watson has admitted that she started using one mid-way through her career and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the year she first hired one as, from the Burberry to the left, to the Temperly London in the middle and the vintage Ossie Clark to the right, this year was full of more confident fashion choices. (Well chosen vintage is often the sign of an A-list stylist, as what celeb has time to rifle through fancy op shops and separate the mothball disasters from the true gems?).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2010: At 20, the British actress began to wear far more plain black or white looks (which is now her fashion bread and butter): highlights of the year include this Burberry dress, left, and this flirty Rafael Lopez dress, right (oh, and she chopped her hair off, which is basically a growing up requirement for former child stars these days).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2011: It's like losing volume in her hair made her amp up the ante in the skirt department - 2011 was Emma's year of go big or go home: perhaps symbolic given it was the last year she was tied to the Harry Potter franchise (in fact, the end of filming the year before might have been the real reason behind the pixie crop). To the left we have Emma (with some slightly weird side burns) looking resplendent in Oscar De La Renta, while, to the right, she's mastered styling her short hair while wearing Bottega Veneta. The latter is, in my opinion, Emma's first 'wow' style moment - I undersand that the linen bustier and oddly draped skirt isn't for everyone, but I think it's memorable in all the right ways.
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2012: Promoting the Perks of Being A Wallflower obviously made Emma want to do the exact opposite fashion-wise, with mini-dresses and colours the order of the year. I love, love, love the maroon lip with the blues of this Erdem dress to the left, while I'm not so sold on the orange-red lip/hot pink Valentino lace combo to the right (but maybe my hatred for bubble skirts is blurring my vision).
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2013: Last year started off as Emma's dodgy-mini-dresses-designed-for-Australian-D-listers period (with this Peter Pilotto typifying said style); but her style picked up considerably throughout the year with the introduction of her signature wing earring and her realisation that classic style suits her best (typified by the Chanel look to the right). Meanwhile, the clown crop top Balenciaga look in the middle is best forgotten.
Red carpet rewind: Emma Watson
2014: Et voila, we reach this year, which in my opinion has been Emma's best yet in terms of red carpet hits. Her style is now confident, classic-and-yet-strikingly-modern and so very her. From left to right we have Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren. AKA, A+ stunner, A+ stunner, A+ stunner. Keep up the good work Emma, you have a fan in me (and even more so because of your Destiny's Child-inspired early years).

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